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  1. ES13Raven

    Barrel Reaming

    I want to get a CZ SP01 Shadow barrel reamed. I have sent barrels to Grams Engineering in the past, but he responded that he is no longer doing barrel reaming. Who else can I send the barrel to?
  2. When and why did Blade Tech discontinue the Black Ice holsters? They were better than the current lineup. The Blade-Tech DOH Black Ice Belt Holster was designed to help aid in a faster, smoother, unencumbered draw. Engineered to allow a quick draw from the standing or seated positions, the broad front opening of the Black Ice allows the pistol to clear the holster quickly. The opening on the front of the holster allows you to rotate the muzzle forward toward your target for extremely fast target acquisition. Couple the broad front opening with the DOH (Dropped and Offset)
  3. They quoted me $369 for Rudy Project Rydon lenses.
  4. I'm thinking about picking up a JP GMR-15 Match PCC Ready Rifle (RR-GMR15PCC). Who has the best prices on these? I see Shooters Connection has them, but the same price as going direct. Are there any discounts or codes? Thanks!
  5. Obsolete? Hardly. The SP01 Shadow is still better than many plastic guns. Plus you can shoot it in both IDPA and USPSA.
  6. $387 more for adjustable sights and different grips. Got it.
  7. Besides the adjustable rear sight, does anyone know the differences between the: CZC SP01 Shadow Custom (91030) $1,300 CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow Target II – 9mm (CZ Custom) (91760) $1,687
  8. I used to have a brass dealer that sold wet-tumbled 9mm single headstamp, but he is no longer doing that. Anyone know of a brass vendor that sells once-fired WIN, FC or RP brass?
  9. Thanks guys. What about making the majority of my dry-fire targets difficult (partials, no-shoots, distance etc.) so I would have to pay more attention to the sights?
  10. What drills & target presentations do you guys recommend for improving shot calling during dry-fire, specifically second shot calling? I shot a major match recently, and found myself calling my first shot but already thinking about my next target or position, and not always calling my second shot. I want to improve this as much as I can in dry fire, and verify it with live fire.
  11. Yeah, its quicker and easier the other way though. I will probably ballpark it that way, then fine tune with using the rod.
  12. Sorry, I meant .25 grains. I'm trying for 3.6 grain drops, and I'm getting 3.8 to 3.9 with the failsafe rod.
  13. Loaded on a 550b for 2 years, just recently got a 650. When checking powder charges on my 550, I would remove the failsafe rod, and manually drop 10 charges by working the Slotted Bellcrank by hand and weighing them. This always dropped the same amount of powder as weighing 10 individual drops with the failsafe rod attached. On my 650, I will weigh 10 drops without the failsafe rod, and will get a total measurement of 36.3 grains consistently. When I weigh 10 individual drops with the failsafe rod attached, I get around a .25 grain per drop higher measurement consistently (38.7).
  14. No, just on top like the instructions say. My issue was resolved by filing down the rough edges on the station 1 locator rail track, and slowing down just a bit.
  15. I use the EGW U-die as well, and had to re-align my 550 and 650 out of the box. Same issues as you - case would tip when slowly inserted into the U-die, crushing case mouths etc. The 550 was easier to fix than my 650. I just recently corrected my 650. Had to use the alignment tool and re-adjust the platform to one extreme, where the tool wouldn't raise up when the ram was raised. Once I got that down. I had to re-time the shell plate to the new alignment via adjusting the Indexer Block (16776). Then I had to do the case in Station 1 with the Die lock nut loose, raise the ram and t
  16. That's exactly what I did. It wasn't certain head-stamps - it was all head-stamps that met some resistance where the angle meets the main track. Loaded bout 200 rounds today after using the file on the Station 1 Locator. Cases are no longer getting stuck halfway down the Locator, but they were sometimes not going into the track. They would end up exactly like the 2nd pic I posted in the original post, or come flying out the left side of the press. I started going slower and watching the cases. When I go slow, there are no issues. So I started slightly slower, deliberat
  17. Spoke to Dillon Support. They recommended I deburr the Station 1 Locator with a file. I found that cases slide freely when perfectly straight, but if the case was slightly tipped at all - it hangs up at the angle where it narrows. If I keep the case tipped through the rest of the track toward the shell plate - it is smooth. But tipped through the angled area where the case enters the track - it is rough and hangs up. Seems like burrs for sure. I will try deburring and see if that helps. If not, Dillon said they would send me a new Station 1 Locator.
  18. Yes - I meant the edges of the Station 1 Locator, one side is machined shorter. I just spoke to Dillon Support and they said this is normal.
  19. Another thing I noticed is the Station 1 Locator doesn't line up with the shell plate:
  20. No ejection issues yet, and it doesn't interfere with the cam slide. I will bend it if needed, thanks.
  21. Only 400 rounds through this press. The Station 1 Locator had grease from the factory - I cleaned it all off and re-applied a light coat of grease on the bottom. I will try polishing that track with my dremel.
  22. Yes - verified it is #5. I ordered the 650 with the 9mm conversion. I don't have anything else. 9mm cases are snug but smooth going through it.
  23. I had a 550b for several years, and recently upgraded to a new XL650. I load 9mm only (about 400 so far). Having issues with brass cases not seating in the Station One Locator track all the way. If I go slow, the cases seem to feed fine through the track and into station 1. If I start to speed up, some cases will get stuck halfway down the track, jam the slide cam and never make it to station 1. Some will tip over at the shell-plate, or come flying out the left side of the press. My bench is pretty stable, as I have it bolted to the wall and I'm also using the strong
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